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Bose Wireless Headphones Spy on Customers?

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Bose Wireless Headphones Spy on Customers?

A lawsuit filed by Kyle Zak in Chicago federal court claims Bose spies on wireless headphone customers via app tracking the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, before violating their privacy rights by selling the data without permission.

Reuters reports the complaint aims to stop the "wholesale disregard" for customer privacy shown by Bose through the free Bose Connect iOS/Android app. According to Zak, Bose sends "all available media information" from the smartphone to 3rd parties such as Segment.io, a customer tracking platform able to collect data and "send it anywhere."

"People should be uncomfortable with it," Christopher Dore, a lawyer representing Zak, says, "People put headphones on their head because they think it's private, but they can be giving out information they don't want to share."

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Master & Dynamic Builds MA770 From Concrete!

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Master & Dynamic Builds MA770 From Concrete!

Premium audio brand Master & Dynamic takes on wireless likes of Sonos and Naim with the MA770-- 100W all-home sound system with a casing built out of proprietary concrete composite. Yes, you read that right!

According to the company, concrete is actually a great material for audio systems, since it has "a rich, sculptural quality, with a robust, tactile heft that is delicately balanced with gentle, sculptural curves." It also offers "added durability" since, at the end of the day, it remains concrete, while dampening properties are superior to those of wood and plastic.

Inside the striking Sir David Adjaye-designed casing are a 100W Class-D amplifier powering dual 4-inch woven kevlar long-throw woofers and a 1.5-inch titanium tweeter. Connectivity comes through built-in Chromecast and Bluetooth as well as wired 3.5mm jack and auxiliary input. Two speakers can be paired for a stereo image via the Chromecast, a first according to the company.

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Yamaha Adds MusicCast to Legacy Systems

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Yamaha Adds MusicCast to Legacy Systems

Yamaha presents a means to connect existing audio systems to a MusicCast multirooom streaming network-- the WXAD-10 MusicCast adapter, also known within Yamaha as the ADD.

The WXAD-10 is a small device powered by a single USB cable. It connects to audio equipment via phono stero or 3.5mm line out, and is compatible with high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz FLAC, WAV and AIFF, and 24-bit/92kHz ALAC audio files.

In addition to Bluetooth connectivity and Airplay compatibility it also handles the streaming of Spotify, Tidal and Deezer from the MusicCast mobile device app. For the curious, inside the device is a Burr-Brown DAC and a custom-made network module.

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Bang & Olufsen Takes on Modular Speakers

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Bang & Olufsen Takes on Modular Speakers

Bang & Olufsen presents the BeoSound Shape-- a wireless speaker series featuring a hexagonical wall-mountable modular design customers can clip together and turn into a piece of wall art.

Each Shape panel hides a different audio component, namely a speaker, amplifier or sound-absorbing acoustic damper. Bringing all together is the final component, the BeoSound Core, a hub featuring AirPlay, ChromeCast, Spotify Connect and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity as well as ethernet, USB-C and line-in ports. Customers can also combine the system with the BeoLink system to create a multi-room setup based on B&O and Beoplay products.

A base package includes 8 Shape tiles-- 4 speakers, 2 acoustic dampers, 1 amplifier and 1 Core-- and the system is expandable to up to 11 amplifier units, each able to support 4 speaker tiles (for a total of 44 panels). In turn, each speaker tile carries a 13.3cm woofer and a 1.9cm tweeter.

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A Wrensilva Record Console to Stream to Sonos

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A Wrensilva Record Console to Stream to Sonos

Wrensilva announces a smaller and lighter take on the record console-- the Loft, a console built out of N. American walnut able to stream records directly to Sonos speaker systems.

The Loft features modern internals inside retro stylings, with an OA2 precision Gimbal tonearm and Ortofon 2m Red cartridge paired with a 300W per channel Bang & Olufsen ICEpower classD amplifier. The turntable is fully decoupled belt-driven, while wifi connectivity allows one to push whatever vinyl is being played to a whole-home Sonos system.

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Tivoli Intros Model One Digital

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Tivoli Intros Model One Digital

Tivoli presents the Model One Digital-- a speaker featuring modern features, such as Bluetooth connectivity, streaming service access and a colour display, inside a retro-style design.

An update on the company's Model One FM radio, the Model One Digital connects to audio services including FM, DAB, wifi, Bluetooth and Spotify Connect. A companion Tivoli Wireless app allows mobile device control and pairing with other ART Tivoli speakers to create stereo pairs, wireless hi-fi systems or multi-room audio experiences.

The cabinet is in "furniture-grade" wood (with walnut, black or white finishes) and the speaker grill is covered with Gabriel fabric.

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Sonos Presents the Playbase

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Sonos Presents the Playbase

Sonos confirms a long-running rumour with the announcement of the Playbase, an all-in-one wireless speaker designed to sit under TVs.

Described by the company as "equal parts TV speaker and music speaker," the Playbase carries 10 drivers (6 midrange, 3 tweeters, 1 woofer) and 10 digital amps inside a 58mm thick. It can operate as either a standalone audio device or pair with other Sonos products for surround sound and bass, and includes one digital audio input.

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The First Nuvo Tabletop Speaker

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The First Nuvo Tabletop Speaker

ISE 2017 hosts the launch of the Nuvo P400-- a first tabletop speaker for the Nuvo Player, the Legrand whole home audio system, promising access to audio from connected devices and streaming services.

The P400 is a compact 2.1 system powered by a 5.25-inch woofer, two midrange drivers and two tweeters. It carries built-in wifi, an amplifier and speakeras, and connects to a variety of streaming services including Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Napster and Deezer. Control options include Nuvo Play in-wall keypads, the Nuvo Player iOS/Android app or top-mounted back-lit controls.

Connectivity comes through either wifi (802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4 or 5GHz) or ethernet, and it also features TOSLINK and analog line inputs for connection to an in-room audio source.

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Pioneer Intros Rayz Lightning Earphones

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Pioneer Intros Rayz Lightning Earphones

Pioneer announces the Rayz and Rayz Plus-- a pair of Lightning-equipped earphones the company claims "deliver completely new experiences not possible through the 3.5mm headphone jack."

The Rayz Plus model features a Lightning port, allowing customers to charge their phone while listening to music. The regular Rayz model does not carry a Lightning port, but like the plus it uses Avnera LightX technology to "operate in modes that use the lowest power possible" from an iDevice.

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B&O Intros Beoplay H4 Headphones

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B&O Intros Beoplay H4 Headphones

Bang & Olufsen announces the Beoplay H4-- a pair of over-the-ear wireless headphones featuring a "focus on pure essentials," as well as the same 40mm drivers from the previous H7 cans.

The H4 headphones are built with a duotone aluminium-and-stainless steel skeleton wrapped in lambskin leather and memory foam ear pads, and promise up to 19 hours of use on a single charge. A detachable 3.5mm cable is included, while control comes through physical volume and playback buttons (as opposed to the touch surface found in the H7).

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BeatsX Earbuds to Ship Soon?

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BeatsX Earbuds to Ship Soon?

According to online store monitor iStockNow the long delayed BeatsX earbuds might start shipping soon-- online Apple Stores appear "all ready for the BeatsX launch."

The Apple store page currently states the BeatsX are "coming February." iStockNow also cites "some activity" on the Best Buy US online store, which lists the earbuds as "coming soon."

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